Gum Recession TreatmentHere at Dental Design SD, we are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of gum disease.

Gum disease simply means your gums are infected. It is one of the most common reasons for tooth loss.

Plaque and bacteria start to build up on your teeth. If you don’t brush and floss regularly, they can continue to build up. It is also important to visit your dentist regularly so we can clean the plaque and bacteria that you can’t reach.

There are many signs of gum disease that range from bleeding gums to red and swollen gums, and gums that are starting to pull away from your teeth. Many people have bad breath that they can’t seem to get rid of. As the disease progresses, you may even start to lose your teeth.

Some people are more prone to getting gum disease. These include people who don’t take care of their teeth along with those who smoke or chew tobacco. There are some diseases, conditions, and medications that can increase your risk, such as pregnancy and diabetes.These people should see their dentist more often.

At the early stage, gingivitis, can be eliminated by a thorough dental and proper dental care following the cleaning. Without treatment, periodontitis (advanced gum disease) is common. As the disease continues to get worse, it can lead to irreversible loss of the tissue and bone that supports your teeth.

Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Sorrento Valley

A minimally invasive breakthrough treatment for gum recession

Receding gums is a common problem among the general public due to periodontal disease, poor lifestyle habits, and other causes. This condition exposes the roots of your teeth to bacteria, can cause hypersensitivity, and spoil the beauty of your smile.

Prior to the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation® technique, patients suffering from receding gums had only one option, surgical soft tissue grafting, an invasive surgical procedure that some say is worse than the actual cure.

Today, a new technique pioneered by Dr. John Chao allows doctors to restore gum health with less discomfort, bleeding, and post-op pain. Now available in San Diego, Dr. Kathrina Agatep uses this new approach to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the treatment area – using just a small pinhole. No cutting, no stitching, and greatly minimized post-operative pain. Most patients are able to resume light normal activities 1-2 days after treatment.

Results from the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique in Sorrento Valley have been nothing less than amazing, and patients who have restored their receding gums with Dr. Kathrina Agatep have been thrilled by the results.

If you suffer from receding gums and would like to learn more about this minimally invasive treatment, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Kathrina Agatep.

  • What Causes Receding Gums?
  • Periodontal disease
  • Harsh brushing technique
  • Grinding and Clenching
  • Trauma
  • TMJ / TMD
  • ​Genetics

​Understand the root cause of your gum recession is an important first step. If gum recession is caused by periodontal disease, then Dr. Agatep will recommend that the disease state be addressed first to see if progression can be halted. If the cause is due to lifestyle habits such as hard brushing or smoking, we will also make the appropriate recommendations. Once the underlying problems have been addressed, we can then discuss if gum rejuvenation is the right thing for you.

What to expect from the Pinhole Surgical Procedure

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Fast recovery time
  • No sutures or incisions
  • Immediate results
  • Minimal bleeding and pain

Why Should You Treat Receding Gums?
Healthy gums have an important job to do – sealing the roots of the teeth against out invasive bacteria and food particles that may cause disease and decay. Aside from being unsightly, severe gum recession can let bacterial do serious damage to your roots and connective tissue.

Schedule Pinhole Surgical Technique in San Diego
It should be noted that early-stage gum recession may not require surgery. Dr. Agatep may be able to restore your gums to health through deep cleaning methods and by helping your change your dental hygiene habits. But if you’ve grown seriously “long in the tooth,” call (858) 490-4281 to schedule an appointment and find out whether our pinhole surgical technique in San Diego is just what your smile needs!

Case Study – Patient Results

Click below for a quick overview highlights the actual results from a San Diego Pinhole patient that we recently treated.
Pinhole Surgical Technique Case Study

33 Month Study Results

Learn More about the Pinhole Technique

Dr. Kathrina Agatep is a certified Pinhole Surgical Technique Dentist in San Diego, having completed the required training under Dr. John Chao.

If you are concerned about your dental health, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment.